Singapore's only known Scientologist, Dr Alvin Foo, thinks that actor and prominent Scientologist Tom Cruise should have separated his beliefs from his family life.
"If I had met Tom Cruise, I would have told him to separate Scientology from his family," said Dr Foo in a phone interview with my paper yesterday.
The 63-year-old retiree applies this principle to parenthood as well. He believes his four children, who are aged between 15 and 20, should have space to explore their own spiritual beliefs.
"As the saying goes - one man's meat is another man's poison. What's good for me might not be good for (my children)," he said.
Dr Foo was first exposed to Scientology when he was studying in the United States, more than 30 years ago. The former management consultant has embraced the principles of Scientology ever since.
He has even written and published a self-improvement book, entitled So You Want A Better Life?, which uses Scientology principles selectively.
In a report by The Straits Times in 2005, Dr Foo said that he would be the "first to join" the Church of Scientology if a centre was set up here.
However, he now feels that he is more passionate about the ideas of Scientology, rather than the church itself.
He said: "I interpret Scientology in my own way and assimilate its principles into my value system."
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